More than half of those surveyed reported living with a child who was violent, including being punched, kicked or threatened with knives.
More serious incidents included hospital visits and sexual assault.
Despite the challenges, most families said they were glad they adopted. Adoption UK said families needed skilled help and support.
Almost 3,000 subscribers to Adoption UK’s newsletter responded to the survey by BBC Radio 4’s File on 4 programme.
More than a quarter of families, when asked to describe their adoption, said they were facing serious challenges that had an impact on the wider family, were at risk of breakdown or disruption, or had already been disrupted.
Almost half said their adoption was “challenging but stable” and just over a quarter described it as “fulfilling and stable”.
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